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If you like tough materials, robust shapes and plenty of character, then an industrial interior will be perfect for you. Get inspired with our tips, which will help you give everything from your kitchen to your shelving an industrial makeover.

Industrial — industrial interior tips — IVAR cabinet — IKEA interior inspiration
Industrial — industrial interior tips — IVAR cabinet — IKEA interior inspiration

When you think of an industrial interior, you probably imagine loft apartments styled like old factories, with a mix of concrete, steel, leather and wood. But you don't have to go all-out for this interior style, or move to a renovated warehouse. You can also add subtle industrial accents in a neutral living room. Perhaps an industrial-style table in your seating area, a glass display cabinet with magazines or a rugged-looking open cabinet for your crockery in the kitchen.

A perfect match: Industrial meets natural

A white and light-wood interior also works really well with the industrial style. By opting for a muted background, your steel industrial stool becomes an eye-catching highlight in your interior. Small wall-mounted display cases made from steel and glass also look very stylish, creating a tough industrial feel in a neutral interior that uses lots of natural materials.

The industrial cabinet: A wonder accessory

Are you a fan of a distinctive, rugged look? Then make a statement in your living room by combining the IVAR shelving unit in locker-room style with black desk lamps and a black office chair. Add some lighter wooden furniture, such as a large table, to balance out the darker pieces. And don't forget to add some softness with a velvet sofa or pouffe, or soft cushions and throws. Check out our article on the creative living room to see how to put an artsy spin on your interior. It looks so stunning that you'll immediately want to whip out the paintbrushes…

IVAR shelving unit 3 ways

It's IVAR's birthday. For fifty years, our classic shelving unit has been gracing homes all over the world — and it remains just as popular today. Instantly recognisable, we've tweaked IVAR's unmistakeable design over the years and added lots of new options. Savannah — the winner of Dutch interior design television series "Designdroom" — shows how you can use IVAR in three different ways. She created completely different looks with IVAR layouts for a utility room, living room or student room. Check it out below!

Character in the kitchen

We had to include the industrial kitchen in our overview. You can, of course, go for a cool matte black throughout — but you could also choose a mixture of natural materials and industrial elements. Think of a black natural stone worktop with light wood drawer fronts. The contrast emphasises the robustness of your worktop and puts the matching black tap in the spotlight. Our stylist opted for this stunning combo, which shows how to achieve this look in your kitchen as well.

Industrial kitchen: Modern and rustic

How do you make your dream kitchen personal? What's the best way to store food and kitchenware? Hans Blomquist, interior designer at IKEA, has designed his dream industrial kitchen. Here, he tells us more about its design.

Rugged industrial dining area

Want to create a rugged look in your dining area or dining room? Then let yourself be inspired by our interior designer Lotte. She not only shares some great tips for your industrial dining room, but also adds a touch of playful humour to the concept. Doodles anyone? If you're not looking to completely renovate your dining area, but need some inspiration for your table settings, we've got you covered too! A great tip: Put each plate on a sturdy tray to create a factory canteen feel. Lotte also shows you how to add colour to an industrial interior. Scroll down now for these essential tips!

Dining room makeover: Rustic industrial

Long summer evenings spent in the garden seem like a distant memory — but what better to replace them than cosy winter evenings enjoying delicious food with friends and family? Interior designer Lotte created this dining room makeover. Is this industrial dining room the style for you?


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